|South Asia Human Security Series
Evolving Security Discourse in Sri Lanka
From National Security to Human Security
ISBN 984 05 1793 7 2008 184pp 215x136mm HB Tk.400.00 US$25.00
Sri Lanka at independence in 1948 was ‘an oasis of stability, peace and security.’ It was a shining example of parliamentary democracy in the Third World.
During the 1980s, however, violent ethnic conflict, emergency rule, the manipulation of the electoral process and the erosion of the welfare safety-net transformed Sri Lanka into a highly volatile locus of ethno-political conflict with severe human security deficit.
The book explores the symbiotic relationship between traditional and human security in Sri Lanka in academic as well as in practical terms. It argues that human security discourse may bring about conceptual breakthrough on the security of the state which is essential to find a way out of the complex emergencies arising from the internal crisis of Sri Lanka.
Dr. Gamini Keerawella is presently Head and Professor, Department of History, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He was the recipient of IOCPS Senior Visiting Fellowship in the Department of Politics at the University of Western Australia in 1991 and the Senior Fulbright Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, USA in 1993-94. During 2003-04 he held the Visiting Research Fellowship in the Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo Japan.
He also served as the Secretary, Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, National Integration and Mineral Resources Development (2001-2002), the founder Director, National Integration Programme Unit, Ministry of Justice, Constitutional Affairs and National Integration (1997-2000) and advisor to the President of Sri Lanka on Peace and National Reconciliation (2002-2003 and 2004-2005).
Prof. Keerawella’s research interests include conflict management and peace building processes in multi-ethnic societies and issues relating to post-colonial state-formation and national integration. He has contributed a number of articles to international and Sri Lankan journals including Asian Survey, Canadian Journal of Communication, dialogue (Colombo) and Social Science Review and numerous chapters to many international publications.